Most Successful Anime Franchises

The Top Ten Most Successful Anime Franchises

1 Dragon Ball Dragon Ball is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. It made anime popular in America and is based on the manga of the same name by Akira Toriyama. It was dubbed in English on Cartoon Networks Toonami block and still has many fans today.

Dragon Ball has earned a special place in my hearth. It's such a good anime, in my opinion the best anime ever made.

Still the number one anime in the world till this day

This anime is still going strong to this day despite its dark years (i.e. Dragon Ball GT). - Fortifier

Love dragon ball

2 Pokemon Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.

There is no competition to the international phenomenon that is Pokemon, and it doesn't look like there will be any time soon! With one of the longest-running anime series and a vast array of video games and merchandise, Pokemon is the most successful anime franchise of all time! - Fortifier

I'd say Pokemon has the most successful games, rather than the anime itself. - Goku02

This franchise has earned more than franchises like marvel and Star Wars. No other anime franchise would even come close to this franchise

No offense but this show sucks.

Best anime non stop from 21 years you are kidding to make it no. 2

3 Naruto Naruto is an anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto. The manga was later adapted into a television anime, which was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It premiered across Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo and other TX Network stations on October 3, 2002. The first series ...read more.

I know I will be pissing off some pirates viewing this because One Piece is more successful in Japan than Naruto. However, on an international level Naruto is far more successful. - Fortifier

This is the best anime in the world for me

The best anime

This show is just incredible.

4 One Piece One Piece is a manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. The manga has been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series produced by Toei Animation, which began broadcasting in Japan in 1999 and has aired 851 episodes to date.

The best! It's long but worth watching. Worldbuilding, character development, storyline everything is good!

I love one piece. I'm still watching it for almost 20 years now..Nothing compares to this anime.

Most consistent msnga & anime for the last 20 years & still going

5 Attack on Titan Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama, is one of the most popular Japanese anime series to be released. It was first watched in Japan during 2013 and was dubbed in English to be watched in America in 2014. It is best known for its emotional moments, ...read more.

AoT is a series that is not nice to its viewers. It is a series that is not afraid to be controversial, writing out characters as they are killed off, one by one. It encapsulates the meaning of "Survival." That is essentially the meaning of all life is to struggle to survive and to fight.. Fight.. FIGHT!

This is an anime that I go and rewatch over and over again, despite the death. But isn't that what makes the story interesting? Season 2 exceeded my expectations!

6 Gundam

The Gundam franchise has a series for any user or viewership. High success rates and invents a new in each pass of generation. With tons of timelines to be in parallel also there is a good appeal of freedom in the animations of Gundam. Much respect towards this series and hopes with it the trend will not at least hold true with what it is to the point. - iliescu

The Gundam franchise in what is usual has a series to appeal to each different user or viewership. It is real good with depicting what is cool and invents itself a new each passing generation it seems. In plus the timelines are also not the same in each Gundam base series. A real nice job with it and should garner respect at a point once more. - iliescu

Gundam may have Robots, but it tells a very human story that many anime do not touch and because it is such a long running franchise, there is a Gundam show for everybody.

7 Fate Series

Name any other visual novel franchise that's churned out as much success as Type-Moon's biggest series. To think that what started as an eroge visual novel would turn into a series of manga, light novels, anime, movies, video games, and arguably the biggest cash cow of them yet, the hit mobile game Fate/Grand Order. Did I forget to mention its high popularity in its home country Japan? - ModernSpongeBobSucks

8 Death Note Death Note is a Japanese television drama series based on the manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The show is centered around Light Yagami - a promising highschooler and aspiring detective with a strong sense of "justice".

The first 7 episodes are amazing, other 18 episodes are good, but other 12, oh my god... it's super boring and terrible... new characters are super bad(near is a rip off L) and over the top, super lame ending. this anime is just popular for his first 25 episodes.

9 Bleach Bleach is a Japanese anime series based on Tite Kubo's manga of the same name. Bleach adapts the first 54 volumes of Tite Kubo's manga series of the same name. In addition, 4 anime-original arcs were broadcast in-between and during the adaptations of original arcs of the manga. ...read more.

I think bleach is even better than when it comes to action and T.V. ratings

10 Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, and directed by Hideaki Anno.

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11 Sailor Moon Sailor Moon is a Japanese shōjo manga series by Naoko Takeuchi. It was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from 1991 to 1997; the 52 individual chapters were published in 18 tankōbon volumes. ...read more.

As a shoujo title it deserves a place in the top 10.

12 Monogatari Series

Such an underrated anime and novel my favorite all time

Best supernatural mystery

Fantastic series with very clever writing. Fantastic character interactions. Absolutely beatiful animation. My favorite series hand down.

13 Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is an anime and manga franchise originally written by Hirohiko Araki. It centers around the perilous journey of the members of the legendary Joestar bloodline.

You all sleeping on JoJo easy favorite franchise for me

14 Fairy Tail Fairy Tail is a manga franchise created by Hiro Mashima. The manga has been adapted into an anime series produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight, which began broadcasting in Japan on October 12, 2009. Additionally, A-1 Pictures and Satelight have developed seven original video animations and an animated ...read more.

It's is the best show ever I love Every single character

15 Yu-Gi-Oh! Yu-Gi-Oh! was aired from 2000 to 2004 in Japan, and 2002 to 2006 in the US. It continues where the Toei Anime Left off. When 10th grader Yugi Muto solves the Millenium Puzzle, Yami Yugi emerges, taking control of him to help his friends. In Duel Monsters, they mostly played children's card games because ...read more.

It is a Japanese-American card game where they use rules of the game, for generations they add more cards to be duels.

16 Futari wa Pretty Cure
17 Love Live
18 Gintama Gin Tama, also styled as Gintama, is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi and serialized, beginning on December 8, 2003, in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump.

Yep keep laughing

The best Comedy anime franchise of all time
You can't keep in the place you are siting without laughing

19 Sword Art Online Sword Art Online is a series of Japanese light novels written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. In 2012, it received an anime adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures and the SAO Project, and is directed by Tomohiko Ito . The first season is divided into two arcs known as "Aincrad" and "Fairy Dance". ...read more.

Love it or hate it, Sword Art Online is undeniably one of the most successful and popular anime franchises of this decade. A contest entry turned webcomic turned light novel, it's amazing how much this light novel franchise has expanded. Two anime adaptations with a third one on the way, a series of spin-offs with one already set for its own anime adaptation, several video games and mobile games, and most importantly, its first theatrical anime film. Yep, without a doubt successful. Suck it, haters. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

20 One Punch Man One-Punch Man is an ongoing, online, web comic, which was later adapted into a Manga and Anime series . Created by ONE in 2009, It gained popularity, and soon after, went viral in 2012, surpassing 7 . 9 million views . One-Punch Man (OPM for short) focuses on the protagonist Saitama (Who is named after ...read more.

Instant classic!

21 K-On! K-ON! (けいおん!, literally 'Light Music') is a Japanese slice of life and comedy four-panel comic strip manga written and illustrated by Kakifly. It was serialized from 2007 to 2012, and there are six volumes to the manga in total. Kyoto Animation produced the anime adaptation, which aired over ...read more.
22 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha is a Japanese anime television series directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, with screenplay written by Masaki Tsuzuki, and produced by Seven Arcs.

I find it hard to believe that one of the most successful and popular magical girl anime franchises of all time was actually spun-off from an eroge game series (Triangle Heart)... - PerfectImpulseX

5 seasons of anime (MGLN Original, A's, StrikerS, ViVid, and ViVid Strike)
3 (soon to be 4) movies (the Movie 1st, the Movie 2nd A's, Reflection, and the upcoming [as of typing] Detonation)
3 video games (the two A's Portable games for PSP and an online browser game)
a bunch of manga (ViVid, Force, Innocent, InnocentS, and a few others)
and tons of merchandise (ranging from figures, trading cards, card sleeves, die-cast cars, plushies, etc.) - PerfectImpulseX

23 My Hero Academia

Copy of One Punch Man

Entertaining Character

24 Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Alchemist is an anime series adapted from the manga of the same name by Hiromu Arakawa. It is about two brothers, Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric, trying to restore their bodies after failing at bringing their mother back to life. It aired in 2003 and was remade as Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood ...read more.
25 Macross

Best mechas.

26 Digimon “Digimon” is a term commonly used to describe a variety of Japanese anime series based on the Bandai virtual pet brand “Digimon” (Dejimon). As of 2017, there are 7 series: “Digimon Adventure” (1999), “Digimon 02” (a.k.a. “Digimon Adventure 02”) (2000), “Digimon Tamers” (2001), ...read more.
27 Code Geass Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with original character designs by manga authors Clamp.
28 BeyBlade
29 Inuyasha InuYasha is a manga franchise created by Rumiko Takahashi. It was adapted into two anime television series produced by Sunrise. The first was broadcast for 167 episodes on Yomiuri TV in Japan from October 16, 2000 until September 13, 2004. The second series, called Inuyasha: The Final Act, began airing ...read more.
30 Cardcaptor Sakura Cardcaptor Sakura, abbreviated as CCS and also known as Cardcaptors, is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by the manga group Clamp.
31 Senki Zesshou Symphogear
32 Toradora! Toradora! is a series of Japanese light novels written by Yuyuko Takemiya, with illustrations by Yasu. It received an anime adaptation directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai and produced by J.C.Staff that ran from 2008-2009.
33 Prince of Tennis
34 Doraemon Doraemon is a fictional character in the Japanese manga and anime series of the same name created by Fujiko Fujio, the pen name of writing team Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko.
35 Gatchaman
36 Di Gi Charat
37 Galaxy Angel
38 To Love Ru

It has
To Love ru
Motto to Love ru
To Love ru Darkness
To Love ru Darkness 2nd
And Don't forget all the Ova and Specials Episodes

39 Prison School
40 Saint Seiya

Underrated manga/anime with excellent graphics and story.

Based on Greek mythology, its author, Masami Kurumada created a whole universe of interesting, unique and fun characters. On top of that, providing them with gorgeous and fantastic cloths.
A must-see anime.

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